Things I Wish I Had Known...
-When possible, choose the window seat on crowded buses (esp. if you are a female). You never know what to expect in this "machismo" society.
-Never flush ANYTHING down the toilet.
-Always bring your camera with you (in case a cow decides to give birth in front of the classroom like Jocelyn and Dunc)
-Avoid carrying anything over a 5 dollar bill; otherwise, you may not get change.
-Don't rely on the internet to find information on...anything around here.
-Do not look at an Ecuadorian man on the street in the eye for over 3 seconds. They will think you're interested.
-Don't trust a stray dog like Diego who will use Gringos for food and then leave you and break your heart.
-Do not tell an Ecuadorian you don't like Pilsener (the Ecuadorian beer) even though it really is gross. It will shatter their national pride and they will get defensive.
-Don't attempt to play soccer with locals until you have had plenty of time to acclimate.
- Always bring a rain coat with you...everywhere.
-The Godfather is the most confusing movie ever made in the history of mankind. Even the Wikipedia site is confusing.
-"Chinese" restaurants are owned by Ecuadorians.
-Bed bugs actually DO bite.
-Try to put national pride aside if you want to conquer the world in "Risk." I learned this the hard way.